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Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
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15/12/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 15 December 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

***** Looking for Christmas present ideas? *****
Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley

Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Full ticketing details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
***** How about tickets for these two Harberton Cricket Club concerts at Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes *****

NEW Tuesday 16 December 2014 8pm - Bradninch Folk Club: Marginalia - Castle Hotel, Bradninch, 2mls SW of Cullompton
Much anticipated return of this early English music inspired group: Lawrence (bagpipes, guitar, whistle); Tracey (vocals, harmonium); Megan (vocals); Glen (mando-cello and guitar); Den (electric bass) to probably one of the best acoustic spaces for music, the function room of the Castle Hotel to perform beautiful music and vocals which please them and as we found last year will definitely please an audience. www.reverbnation.com/marginaliauk Carefully selected support acts will add to the evening. Entry £4 door. Contact: Gerard Edwards 01392 881105. Browse https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk for a flavour of what the Bradninch Folk Club is about, it meets twice a month, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.

Tuesday 16 December 2014 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern St, Totnes TQ9 5SP
The popular South Hams shanty crew perform at this great pub for the second of Totnes' three late night Christmas shopping Tuesdays. Followed at approx. 9.30pm by more music and song from Beltane Border.

NEW Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Ros Brady & Si Barron - Diligence Art Gallery, 22 North Street, Ashburton TQ13 7QD
A reading of poetry and prose from their new book ‘Next To Me, A Robin’ interspersed with performance of their acclaimed songs inspired by the Devon landscape and people.  ‘Ros Brady's poetry tumbles like an old spell or a song harnessed to a page. Her depth of perception and descriptions of the pared back beauty of the natural world are clear-eyed and unsentimental’ Naomi Slade (Guardian, Daily Telegraph). Special guest: Devon poet Becky Gethin. More details www.nexttomearobin.eu.

Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Mick Groves - Parish Church Rooms, Bradley Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9EP
An evening of seasonal carols, songs and stories with Mick Groves (formerly of legendary folk group, The Spinners) and friends. Expect a mix of Spinners songs, traditional carols, stories and plenty of humour! Mick is supported and joined by Exeter-based family folk band with their individual approach to Christmas songs. BYO alcohol. Tea/coffee and light refreshments available. www.mickgroves.co.uk. Info / ticket reservations £6 adv (£8 door) contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Wednesday 17 December 2014 8pm - Jurassic Folk Christmas Party - Dolphin Hotel, Beer EX12 3EQ (map)
BYO nibbles to share.
Raffle towards costs of website and flyers. Any prizes welcome. Dress up for Christmas if you wish. www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

NEW Thursday 18 December 2014 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Just a reminder that the folk club will be holding a musicians' & singers' open night but a week earlier this month, otherwise it would clash with something or other! Same place, same time, same jolly japes!!! Expect some carols and seasonal offerings. Free mince pies at half time. Jan is probably baking them as I type! Martyn Hillstead. 01626 778071.

Thursday 18 December 2014 8pm - Esther O'Connor - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band, Ashton Lane, describe themselves as country pop. Samples of the music can be found at www.reverbnation.com/ashtonlanemusic. ''Fresh, self-assured and original - Ashton's music just makes you happy to be alive. What a great new talent.'' Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2.  Please contact Brian Thurston on 07850 082126 or by email brianthus[at]aol.com to register interest in attending. Voluntary contributions at the door towards artists fees, and costs.

NEW Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery . . . Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies, Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!mad-dog-mcrea/c7u8. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 19 December 2014 7.45pm -  d'Accord! - Ide Village Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance & music. Christmas Club Night Special with Venn + Poisson Rouge. No dance teaching , just sparkly lights and maybe a mince pie! £5/£3.50. Email: daccordexeter9@gmail.com, phone Pat & Mike 01392 811593.

Saturday 20 December 2014 7pm - French & Breton Workshop & Dance - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Presented by the Balfolk Collective. Featuring Wod and Red Dog Green Dog. £10/8. Wear your favourite animal mask (it’s solstice after all).
(More French & Breton reminders:
Saturday 27 December 2014 - An Evening of Breton and French Dance - Cadeleigh Village Hall, NW of Crediton
with Stilouen, Poisson Rouge, John Mills & Kate Price. £10 on door. Bar. Food.
Sunday 28 December 2014 - Free For All - Chez Phil and Tania, postcode for satnav EX16 8HU
Metheglin ~ Le Raz ~ Pete & Karen - Stilouen Friends. Bring and share food etc. Camping, barn camping & camper vans welcome. Further details ring 01884 242752.)

NEW Saturday 20 December 2014 9pm - Sraping The Barrel - The Woodside, Gasking Street, Plymouth PL4 8DQ
The tremendous trio of Nik, Les, and David, aka Scraping The (Soggy Bottom Of The Stone Soup) Barrel, will be once again plying their trademark Americana Blue Folk Diddlyeye for the entertainment of Plymouth's weekend revellers. More details about Stone Soup's many and varied performative endeavours, of which the trio Scraping The Barrel is the musical outpouring, can be found at www.stonesoup.eu.

NEW Sunday 21 December 2014 3-6pm - Morley Music Session - Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth PL9 7HP
Regular Third Sunday of the month. This month's very excellent music session takes place on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the Festival of Yule in the ancient Celtic calendar. Solstice literally means 'Sun stands still', as the Sun ceases its southward travels, and rises at the same point on the horizon for a few days before changing direction, and moving northward once again, bringing with it longer days. So, why not join us in music and song, and a glass or two of the Morley's excellent wines & beers, to celebrate the Sun's re-birth. More details about Stone Soup's many and varied performative endeavours, of which the trio Scraping The Barrel is the musical outpouring, can be found at www.stonesoup.eu.

Sunday 21 December 2014 7.45pm - Christmas Party, 50's theme - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A light-hearted evening with more than a nod to the memory of John York, much-loved singer/guitarist/MC of the Club, who sadly passed away in September.
28 December - Club Closed

NEW Saturday 27 December 2014 9pm - Lazy Divide - The Old Plough Inn - Fore St, Bere Ferrers PL20 7JL
Celtic Bluegrass a bit of folk rock with a mix of wat we fancy, maybe a jig or a reel. Sample www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Whats_On_Dec.html#d27.

NEW Friday 23 January 2015 - Bully Wee Band with Phil Beer - Tavistock Wharf (map)
details tba

NEW Wednesday 15 February 2015 - Hudson Taylor - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Inspired and with the jangle of one of Whelan’s in Dublin’s legendary open mic folk nights ringing in their ears, native brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor left the pub and set up a place to jam on the nearest stoop. It was there that Hudson Taylor was formed – an intimate, lovelorn folk-pop project. www.hudsontaylormusic.com. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hudson-taylor. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Sunday 1 March 2015 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Led by Steeleye Span's former legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, Gigspanner flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and Aboriginal influences, transporting you with blistering pace on a musical world tour. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk/beehive-events Tickets £14. Box office: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 6 March 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Support: folk rock duo Sounds of the Sirens. Full details www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-plus-sounds-sirens-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-friday-6th-march-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251

NEW Wednesday 15 April 2015 - Phil Beer - Lustleigh Village Hall
£16. Tickets and enquiries Daf Edwards, 01364 621242, 07957 280129, enquiries@langworthyfarm.co.uk. For details of a 2-day 'Dartmoor break' available in association with this concert see www.langworthyfarm.co.uk / contact Daf.

NEW Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Feature: Seasonal Ceilidhs
(Unless indicated, ticket availability for these events is not known - advance booking strongly advised to avoid disappointment)
*****
Saturday 27 December 2014 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller: Tom Addison. Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar and vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk[at]gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.
*****
Sold out Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PT (map)
Contacts Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill[at]tiscali.co.uk.
*****
Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Dawntreader - Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell, Devon TQ12 5DJ (map)
Black Bess Border Morris Dancers Annual New Year's Eve Charity Ceilidh. Fully licensed bar. Fun filled event for all the family. Theme "Be Seen in Green". Proceeds to "B.I.R.T." (Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust). Adult £10, U16 £7. Advance booking strongly advised, call 07896 185071 or rmail blackbessborder@gmail.com.
*****
Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Red Shed - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Caller Rosie Baines. Licensed bar. Pie and Pea supper. Tickets £10 from www.exetercvs.org.uk/newyear. More info: email kristiantomblin[at]live.com.
*****

New Programme for Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG  (map)
East Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released its Spring 2015 season of acoustic music, held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. Early booking always strongly advised. Full details at www.ottertonmill.com (and in the Harberton Folk website Diary).
The new programme  features: 26/2 The Carrivick Sisters, 12/3 Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, 19/3 Barb Jungr, 26/3 Michael Messer & Ed Genis, 10/4 Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi, 23/4 Tia McGraff

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
First announcement of headliners, super early bird ticketing (limited numbers) and more at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

Rachel's - Updated - East Devon Gig Guide for December
is now available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Wednesday
31 December - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
Friday 9 January - Sally Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Sunday 11 January - Topsham Folk Club feature spot: The Claque - The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter
Sunday 11 January - Jim Reynolds - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Thursday 15 January - Steve Knightley - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall , nr Exeter
Thursday 15 January - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth
Friday 16 January - Inaugural meeting of Ma's Folk Club - Milton Abbot Village Hall
Saturday 17 January - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 17 January - The Exmouth Shanty Men - Cross Keys Inn, Cawsand
Saturday 17 January - The Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
Friday 23 January - Gallery Bar Special: Tavy Tars - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 25 January - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Sunday 25 January - Donal Maguire - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Thursday 29 January - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Jamie Smith's Mabon - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 28 March 2015 - Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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1/12/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 1 December 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

For Sale: 17" Goatskin Bodhran (my own)
An osteoarthritic wrist means I'm never likely to play this again (and I was never any good anyway!), so time to try and find it a new home. It's fairly old, but in very good condition as it's had little use. Comes with two beaters, and a Jan-made ripstop carry-bag.
Any reasonable offer considered. For collection only (from Harberton, nr Totnes) - try before you buy - unless you want to take a chance and buy unseen (and pay the P&P). Please reply to this email if interested, or call me on 01803 863468.
NB This is Ed's privilege; I don't intend to start regular For Sale listings :-)

NEW Thursday 15 January 2015 8pm - Steve Knightley - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall , nr Exeter EX5 5BL
The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful Show of Hands, Steve continues his solo ‘Grow your own’ tour of village venues. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but of those beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Expect an intense and engaging evening with a great musician. Raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust & organised by the Rotary Club of Exeter Eastgate. Soft/alcoholic/hot drinks and cakes on sale. Tickets £16 available from 01392 259184.

NEW Friday 16 January 2015 8pm - Inaugural meeting of Ma's Folk Club - Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
On the A386 midway between Launceston and Tavistock. Ma's Folk Club meets on the third Friday of each month. Musicians and singers welcome. Contact Ray Cornish 01822 870247, email hugoveerman@hotmail.com, for more information. £3 entry.

Correction
Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or 01392 873407 (contributor's apologies for incorrect phone no. 877695 given in initial e-circulation).

Feature: World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information about World Unlimited, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Tel. 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available. Here's the current programme to the end of the year:
*****
Friday 9 January 2015 - Sally Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
(map)
Singer-songwriter Sally Barker, fresh from her flawless performances on prime time TV (including a duet with her mentor Sir Tom Jones) in concert. The Poozies lead singer Sally, who has supported Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, presents songs from her repertoire including her album 'Another Train' and YouTube favourites 'Dear Darlin' and 'Walk on By'. "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans). "You sang so beautiful that it got to me" (Sir Tom Jones). www.sallybarker.co.uk. £15+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/293473.
*****

Saturday 17 January 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
(map)
In just a few years, Miranda & Rex have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The pair will be touring intensively throughout 2015, during which will see the release of their 3rd album following on from their spine tingling album ‘Sing A Full Song’. Do not miss them! £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/294587.
*****
Saturday 21 February 2015 - Hank Wangford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
(map)
Country star. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/296086.
*****
Saturday 28 March 2015 - Lucy Ward - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
(map)
Lucy She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Best Newcomer Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury 2013 and the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2014. 2014 BBC Nominee for Folk Singer of the Year. £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/299344.
***** All above at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell  *****

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Following a very successful and enjoyable series of Featured Artist Events, we have extended the programme for a further 6 months. Featured Artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing as we always have to, at 10.30pm. We always welcome singers/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Over the last 2 year since the club started we are all very proud to have raised £1000 for the Rowcroft Hospice Charity. Contact email acoustic.warehouse@gmail or call 01626 362528.
Scheduled programme of Featured Artist Events 2014/15: 15 December – Nigel Dee; 19 January – Rick Lawes; 9 February – Tricia Moore; 16 February – The Cornelius Family; 16 March – Martin Sidebotham; 20 April – Anne Darby; 18 May – Owly Dave

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Friday 19 December - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Saturday 20 December - French & Breton Workshop & Dance - Jubilee Hall, Chagford
Sunday 21 December - Christmas Party, 50's theme - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Saturday 27 December - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall
Wednesday 31 December - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
Wednesday 31 December - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish
Wednesday 31 December - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Dawntreader - Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell
Wednesday 31 December - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Red Shed - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter
Thursday 15 January - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth
Saturday 17 January - The Exmouth Shanty Men - Cross Keys Inn, Cawsand
Saturday 17 January - The Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
Sunday 25 January - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Sunday 25 January - Donal Maguire - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Thursday 29 January - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge
Saturday 7 February - Jackie Oates with James Dumbleton - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Sunday 8 February - Jackie Oates - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Sunday 15 February - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
Sunday 22 February - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes
Sunday 22 February - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange
Saturday 7 March - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

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19/11/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 19 November 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

UPDATED Thursday 18 December 2014 8pm - Esther O'Connor - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band, Ashton Lane, describe themselves as country pop. Samples of the music can be found at www.reverbnation.com/ashtonlanemusic. ''Fresh, self-assured and original - Ashton's music just makes you happy to be alive. What a great new talent.'' Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2.  Please contact Brian Thurston on 07850 082126 or by email brianthus[at]aol.com to register interest in attending. Voluntary contributions at the door towards artists fees, and costs.

Saturday 20 December 2014 7pm - French & Breton Workshop & Dance - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Presented by the Balfolk Collective. Featuring Wod and Red Dog Green Dog. £10/8. Wear your favourite animal mask (it’s solstice after all).

Saturday 27 December 2014 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller: Tom Addison. Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar and vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk[at]gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

UPDATED Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - The Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PT (map)
Caller Anne Gill. Teignmouth Folk Festival fundraiser. No bar, BYO own drink and food to share. Tickets £10.50 adv only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill[at]tiscali.co.uk. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

NEW Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Dawntreader - Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell, Devon TQ12 5DJ (map)
Black Bess Border Morris Dancers Annual New Year's Eve Charity Ceilidh. Fully licensed bar. Fun filled event for all the family. Theme "Be Seen in Green". Proceeds to "B.I.R.T." (Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust). Adult £10, U16 £7. Advance booking strongly advised, call 07896 185071 or rmail blackbessborder@gmail.com.

NEW Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - New Year’s Eve Ceilidh with Red Shed - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Caller Rosie Baines. Licensed bar. Pie and Pea supper. Tickets £10 from www.exetercvs.org.uk/newyear. More info: email kristiantomblin[at]live.com.

NEW Thursday 15 January 2015 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for 37 years, has been described as " a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." He's the dad of of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers. They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy. Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and west country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.  Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 7 February 2015 8pm - Jackie Oates with James Dumbleton - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Adv tickets £10 available now, £12 door. Contact: 01392 210983 or email leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk to reserve or enquire.

Feature: Topsham Folk Club (nr Exeter)
has just announced its 2015 new year programme of concert nights, all taking place on the following Sundays (8pm start, real ale bar) at Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
15 February - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan;  29 March - Andy Cutting; 26 April - Gavin Davenport Band; 17 May - Lady Maisery
plus the following occasional one-hour features spots on singers nights at The Malthouse at the Globe Hotel, Topsham EX3 0HR
11 January - The Claque; 8 March - The Dukes of Jook (Chris Billings & Julian Piper)
Full details www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Feature: Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below. Entrance prices are given for Club Members. Optional membership fee £10 will take you through to the end of July 2015. Sundays not specified are open nights when admission is just £1 for everyone. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
*****
Sunday 21 December 2014 7.45pm - Christmas Party, 50's theme - Folk o
n the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A light-hearted evening with more than a nod to the memory of John York, much-loved singer/guitarist/MC of the Club, who sadly passed away in September.
28 December - Club Closed
*****
Sunday 11 January 2015 7.45pm - Jim Reynolds - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another highly versatile songwriter and bruilliant guitarist, equally at home with blues, ragtime or traditional ballads, Jim is one of the nicest guys on the scene and his laid-back style belies an outstanding musical ability. His songs range from humorous to reflective.
*****
Sunday 25 January 2015 7.45pm - Donal Maguire - Folk
on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Irish born but in England since the age of 15, Donal has embraced traditional and contemporary influences and is renowned both as a fine unaccompanied singer and a talented songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Witty presentation of a well-balanced programme is assured.
*****
Sunday 8 February 2015 7.45pm - Jackie Oates - Folk on the Mo
or, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Since her appearance at the BBC Young Folk Awards a decade ago, adopted Devonian Jackie's career has gone from strength to strength. With an exceptionally pure voice and a host of highly-lauded albums to her name, another sell-out audience is guaranteed, so be sure to book!
And there are more fabulous acts to come in 2015:
22 February - Reg Meuross; 8 March - Dan Walsh; 22 March - Tom McConville; 5 April - Brian Willoughby & Katherine Craig; 19 April - Tom Kitching & Bob Davenport; 26 April - Bob Fox; 10 May - Belshazzar's Feast; 24 May - Jez Lowe; 14 June - Archie Fisher; 28 June - Joe Topping; 26 July - Carrivick Sisters

***** All above at Folk on the Moor *****

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General items retained from previous circulars

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

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North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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